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Trumbull County, Ohio (U.S.)

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[Flag of Trumbull County, Ohio] by located by Phil Nelson, 9 November 2003

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For its 2003 bicentennial, Ohio is doing something that requires the flags of its 88 counties. Some counties, including Trumbull County, don't have flags yet, so they're going to create them. The Trumbull County Board of Commissioners is asking schoolchildren to come up with a county flag. Not being a Trumbull County schoolchild, I have no input on the topic, but I do have some thoughts.
 
Trumbull County was formed out of the Connecticut Western Reserve in 1800, so it should have some link to Connecticut (and possibly Ohio, of course). It originally had 25 townships, so it could have 25 stars (or 35 for the current number of jurisdictions). The county is a square, so the flag could have a square in it. The county has a tradition of industry, especially steel and auto, and was the birthplace of President McKinley.
Matt Walcoff, 20 October 2001


Trumbull flag complete

From http://www.tribune-chronicle.com/news/story/07272002_new06.asp:

By JUSTIN POST Tribune Chronicle

WARREN - Designs for a Trumbull County flag fit to fly over the state capitol were finished Friday. The Tribune Chronicle, county Planning Commission and Eastwood Mall sponsored a contest several months ago to determine the design of the official Trumbull County flag. The flag will be flown at the State Capitol building in Columbus and in Trumbull County. Mary Mrowka, a substitute teacher from Howland, bested 200 residents in a competition to design the flag. Since then, county officials have been busy getting the colors ''just right,'' says Gary Newbrough, Trumbull County Planning Commission director. The state will turn 200 on March 1, 2003. That day will kick off an eight-month celebration in which the flags of the state's 88 counties will be displayed at the capitol. Newbrough believes the flag will stand out.

Twenty-four stars on a field of gold represent the county's townships, while corn stalk leaves represent the agriculture industry and its impact on county residents, he said. Six leaves on the left of the flag represent the county's six cities - Warren, Niles, Girard, Hubbard, Cortland and Newton Falls. Five leaves on the right represent the county's villages - Lordstown, McDonald, West Farmington, Orangeville and Yankee Lake. Trumbull County's location is highlighted as a perfect square in the northeast corner of the state.

Finding the right shade for the background wasn't easy, Newbrough said, as it represents bravery. The group of volunteers and county officials who worked on the project settled on a shade of crimson, as a reminder of the blood sacrificed by our ancestors for freedom. It also serves as a tribute to all veterans from Trumbull County who defended that freedom, Newbrough said. Tones of gray represent the county's steel-manufacturing heritage and those who worked in the steel industry. White is for our health service industry, Newbrough said. Blue ribbons symbolize the Grand, Mahoning and Shenango rivers and all lakes, streams and rivers with their watersheds; and a blue arrow represents aviation and directs us toward prosperity, he said. The Courthouse is depicted on the flag with its clock set at 9:11 commemorating those who were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

County officials are shopping for a company that will make the flag. Newbrough didn't have a date, but once the flags are finished, the county will sponsor a flag-raising ceremony in front of the county Administrative Building in Warren.

located by Dov Gutterman, 18 December 2002

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